Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NIOF: I've never been lost...

I've never been lost but I was once turned around for several weeks . - Daniel Boone

I am super duper excited about this coming weekend...the North Island Orienteering Festival is only a few days away!  Along with a few other passionate orienteering volunteers, I am helping to put on a special weekend of orienteering events in the Comox Valley on August 10/11th.  Check out the details below and come on out and play for one or all three of this weekends events!  Orienteering is great for the whole family and open to all levels of fitness from strollers to racers and everyone in between.  Come on out this weekend to see what this fun sport is all about!  FYI: I will be organizing the Saturday afternoon event at Nymph Falls Park and would love a few more volunteers to help out so give me a shout if you have some time to spare :info@elmhealth.com .

 'Cunning running'. A school room favourite, touching on geography, physical fitness, math and consequential decision making. One of the current off-beat adventure sports. An easy way to demystify compass use and map reading. Gain confidence of being alone in the woods. A scavenger hunt in the great outdoors. A life-time sport for all ages: 6 to 90. This and more is ORIENTEERING.

Comox Valley will have a unique chance to celebrate all things orienteering the weekend of August 10-11 at the first annual North Island Orienteering Festival. Saturday, August 10th, there will be two opportunities to tackle the trails with a morning course at the Cumberland Lake Campground (mass start 9:00am) and an afternoon course at Nymph Falls Park with starts between 1pm and 3pm.

On Sunday, the 11th, the action moves to Comox with a noon start course at North East Woods and the Highland Trails. The meet will begin and end at the very accessible parking lot near Guthrie and Torrence Roads, east of the Highland School playing fields.

 For all 3 courses, instructors will be on hand to help out and explain the basics of the sport of orienteering. Participants may register for one of 3 courses at each meet location: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. The Advanced courses are designed for an experienced orienteer to complete in about an hour; and for others about two hours time.

A Saturday evening social is planned and all participants are invited to join their new Orienteering friends for a potluck and course awards.

For further information call Comox 250-890-0983, Victoria 250-592-4944 or visit http://vico.whyjustrun.ca/ to download the brochure with all of the NIO Festival details.

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